Times of India | 4 days ago | 22-09-2022 | 08:48 am
MARGAO: Moved by the plight of tiny tots compelled to attend classes in a teacher-less school in remote Valkini in Sanguem, 23-year old Premanand Rekdo, a trained teacher in elementary education (diploma in elementary education) rose to the occasion. He took it upon himself to take the students under his wing till the "working arrangement" initiated by the education department falls in place. To cut a long story short, the situation is the fallout of the retirement of the only teacher of the government primary school (GPS), Valkini, on her superannuation last month. As this would have left the 18 students of the school without a teacher when the school reopened after Ganesh Chaturthi, the education department worked out a "working arrangement" that entailed deployment of a teacher from GPS Vaddem. However, the selected teacher refused to accept the office order and take charge of his new posting. "From our side, the working arrangement was worked out by exercising all due diligence," said ADEI Sanguem, Sitaram Naik. "The GPS Vaddem has 77 students and four teachers, so we selected one to be posted to GPS Valkini and the office order was issued. He declined on flimsy grounds, despite repeated attempts to make him see reason." Naik said the director of the education department has been apprised of the matter and that a solution would be worked out soon. Rekdo, meanwhile, is enjoying his time as a teacher, albeit sans any authorisation from the department. He considers his benevolent gesture as his "humble service to society." "My service is purely voluntary and hasn't been approved by the department. However, the school management committee has supported my decision. I decided to engage the students in classes with the sole purpose of ensuring that they do not suffer in academics. The school would have to be shut if there was no teacher and the students would have gone wayward. I have seen first-hand the plight of our students during the Covid pandemic," he said. Rekdo worked as a trainee teacher in a government-aided high school in Sanguem for a year and gained some experience. "I am currently unemployed. I have given several interviews for a teacher's job. I am sure my service to the students will earn me the blessings of the village. I am gaining valuable teaching experience as well," he said.